2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Analytics MS

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Don Harter, Associate Dean for Online and Executive Education; 315 Whitman School of Management, 315-443-3502, dharter@syr.edu

Program Description

The MS in Business Analytics challenges students to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the applications of analytics to the fields of accounting, finance, marketing, and supply chain management through  techniques in data collection, data visualization, statistical and pattern analysis, and data mining. The curriculum leverages an understanding of business applications from the Whitman School of Management combined with in depth technical offerings of the School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Information Studies.


The Whitman School has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) since 1920.


Students are required to take the GMAT as part of the application process. Applicants will be considered for the program based on their GMAT score, previous academic experience, work experience, professional references, and personal statements.

Financial Support

Merit-based financial support is awarded based on a student’s admission application. These awards are highly competitive and are available to both U.S. and international full-time students. Students may apply for several loan programs to cover the cost of attendance. (Federal Direct Loan, ProgramFederal PLUS Loans, Alternative Loan Programs) Part-time students must be enrolled for at least six credits (half-time status) to be considered for loan programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to collect and organize data.

2. Students will identify patterns in data via visualization, statistical analysis, and data mining.

3. Students will develop alternative strategies based on the data.

4. Students will develop a plan of action to implement the business decisions derived from the analyses.

Degree Requirements & Learning Objectives

This is a 36 credit program that leads to a Master of Science in Business Analytics degree.


The MS Business Analytics curriculum is designed as a 36-credit program and normally requires two years or four academic semesters to complete on a full-time basis. It consists of four elements: 6 credits of required core courses; 6 credits of Analytics Applications courses; 6 credits of Analytics Depth or additional Analytics Applications courses; and 18 credits of Analytics electives. Students may select electives from other graduate programs in the University.


Required Core Courses and Credits

(both courses required)

Analytics Electives

(Select 6 courses - can include any not selected from above)

Transfer Credit

Students can transfer a maximum of 6 credits of elective coursework. The credits must be graduate level taken from an AACSB accredited business school. A grade of “B” or higher is needed to transfer in the credits. The grade itself does not transfer.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to meet degree requirements.

Students must pass a comprehensive exam at the end of the last semester of the program.

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